You would think that we have reached a point in our culture, our thinking and in our behavior to understand that SMOKING IS NOT COOL.
You would also think that we have reached a point that every single smoker with the minimum level of education understands that SECOND HAND SMOKE can harm non smokers around them – especially children and babies.
Cancer is only one of the many health problems in infants and children, including more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) – that you are blowing into them with each puff of your cigarette or arguileh.
We can remember, somewhat vaguely, the LAW 174 that was passed some time ago to ban smoking in all public areas. It was attacked by almost every restaurant that enjoyed a lucrative and deadly arguileh industry (which is also NOT COOL) – and slowly like everything else was swept under the rug with arguileh and cigarette smoking back in enclosed spaces.
A few days ago I was contacted by a concerned Super Mama that was very upset when she and her children were “trying” to enjoy their dinner in ABC ACHRAFIEH but were suffocated with the amount of smokers “freely” smoking in and around the mall and restaurant area. Being a True Super Mom she did not back down. Rallying other concerned moms contacting all to take action and 24 hours later – showing true professionalism and care ABC launched :
I am now calling upon every MOTHER, FATHER, AUNT, UNCLE, GRANDMA, GRANDPA or anyone who actually cares for a child – DO NOT BE SILENT.
We can sit and nag, that we have no government – our favorite Lebanese phrase “wayni el dawleh” – and allow our children to inhale second hand smoke which may lead to future health complications… or we can MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
Take a PHOTO – share it and use the hashtag #implement174
Facebook page created by a group of anti-tobacco advocates whose mission is to ensure the implementation of Lebanon’s Law 174. https://www.facebook.com/Law174 CONTACT THEM.
Every reputable restaurant, mall or activity center should have a Facebook or contact – SEND THEM YOUR CONCERN
ABC TEAM WE THANK YOU FOR CARING FOR OUR CHILDREN.
On behalf of all Super Parents we ask for every other establishment to follow this great example – as WE WILL NO LONGER BE SILENT!
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